In 2016, for the first time ever VECO Indonesia conducted a series of assessments on 14 of its farmer organisation partners using assessment tools provided by SCOPEinsight. The results have to some extent turned farmers into entrepreneurs.
SCOPEinsight is a leading provider of assessment and analysis tools that measure the level of professionalism of farmer organisations. The SCOPE Basic tool was chosen to assess 11 farmer organisations while the other three farmer organisations were assessed using the SCOPE Pro. SCOPE Basic is used to assess emerging farmer organisations that are starting to establish their businesses and strive to build their capacity and strengthen their supply chain links. SCOPE Pro is used to assess more mature farmer organisations that have established their business and are now ready to access finance and larger markets.
Closing the series, the SCOPEinsight Workshop was held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Bali on September 22-23, 2016. Chairmen or appointed representatives of the 14 farmer organisations gathered at this event to discover their assessment results and discuss recommendations for business capacity development. At the same time, the farmer organisations were requested to give feedbacks on SCOPEinsight’s tools in terms of contents and benefits.
The 14 participants representing farmer organisations included APPOLI, P3LL, APOB and Simpatik for the rice sector, ASNIKOM, MPIG-AFB Ngada, PPKT and Benteng Alla for coffee, JANTAN, SIKAP, Amanah, Masagena and Cahaya Sehati for Cocoa, and TAKTIK for cinnamon. All of the organisations agreed that the tools had helped them see their strengths and weaknesses. And because the assessments were carried out by VECO Indonesia—an organisation that is not part of the farmer organisations but knows the conditions of each organisation very well—it had contributed to objective, accurate and profound business capacity analysis. Furthermore, benchmarking was possible because the tools applied the same criteria across all organisations, allowing comparison of results among them.
The farmers also provided useful recommendations for future improvements of the tools including, among others, to develop a glossary of jargons and to make the tools available in Bahasa Indonesia. They were keen to have the assessments conducted regularly, at least once a year, in order to follow up on the recommendations and to monitor their progress.